Although Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world, there are plenty of budget restaurants that offer delicious food at an affordable price.
In this article, I share my ten favorite places to eat on a budget in Tokyo.
Food prices in Tokyo, Japan
How much do you need to spend on food when traveling to Tokyo?
If you’re traveling on a budget, expect to spend 300 – 500 Yen for breakfast and around 700 – 1000 Yen each for lunch and dinner. Snacks can be found at markets, shopping streets, or convenience stores.
I usually choose the hostels that offer free breakfast or buy sandwiches at the convenience stores for breakfast.
Most restaurants in Japan offer free water, so to save the cost, don’t order drinks as they can add up.
If you plan to go out, visit the local izakaya for some drinks and grilled dishes.
Cheap eats in Tokyo Japan: 10 Budget restaurants
Uobei is my favorite sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.
The sushi here is not available on the conveyor belt like other restaurants, so you have to choose on the electronic board to order. After your order is received, the chef made it, and your sushi will be delivered on the belt.
Uobei offers a variety of sushi, starting from 100 Yen per dish. Besides sushi, you can select dessert, soft drinks, and other dishes such as ramen, udon, or french fries.
These dishes range from 100 to 300 Yen.
Sushizanmai offers an exquisite sushi experience at a reasonable price.
The basic one-person lunch set (800 yen) offers eight pieces of sushi, tamagoyaki, makizushi (rolled sushi), a bowl of miso soup, a salad, and free refills of green tea.
For an extra 200 yen, you can get the 1.5 person set which has 13 pieces, including the tamagoyaki.
3. Ikinari Steak
Looking for a cheap place to eat steak in Tokyo? Visit Ikinari!
This restaurant uses 100% Angus beef, and the whole process of slicing, cutting, and filtering meat is done in front of customers through glass partitions.
You can select different sets with price ranges from 1500 Yen to 3000 Yen. Sauces, garlic vinegar, and oil are all placed on the tray in front of guests.
When eating steak here, you will be given a paper apron to wear around your neck to avoid splashes of fat or the smell of clothing. The restaurant also offers free water as well.
The bar is decorated in the wild west style of Texas, but it is very clean and does not smell of grease. You can sit or stand at the counter when eating.
Address: There are about 60 Ikinari shops in Tokyo city, so pick the closest one based on your location.
4. Sanuki Udon Hanamaru
Sanuki Udon Hanamaru is a great place to eat udon on a budget in Tokyo.
This chain offers different types of noodles in three sizes (small, medium, and large), with the basic udon at 150 Yen.
You can also choose a variety of tempura for 50 to 200 yen, depending on the ingredients.
5. Hotto Motto
Hotto Motto (ほっともっと) is a chain of restaurants that sell delicious and hot bento at a low price.
Although it’s a take-away shop, food is cooked at the time of purchase, so it is fresher and better than bento at the supermarket.
Price ranges from 400 to 800 Yen, and there are plenty of 500 Yen dishes.
Food is plentiful, and the menu is diverse. You can preview the menu online and then go to the nearest Hottomotto shop, purchase the food coupon, and order. It only takes about 15 minutes.
6. Jinbocho Meat Center
Within 45 minutes, you can eat as much Yakiniku (grilled meat) as you like at Jinbocho Meat Center at 900 Yen.
Although the variety of meat is quite limited, the quality is great, and the food comes out quickly. If you go for lunch, expect a long line. The last order should be made when 35 minutes passed.
Yoshinoya is my go-to place when I crave a quick but cheap meal.
This restaurant chain specializes in Gyodon, made of beef and onions, sweet shoyu sauce, and white rice.
With meals from 330 yen to 750 yen, Yoshinoya offers delicious rice dishes at an affordable price.
The chain can be easily found on every street corner, especially near the JR train station in Japan. Although the shop is small, the sign is easy to spot.
Sukiya is a great 24/7 spot for a quick bite in Tokyo, Japan. Price is cheap, the portion is huge, and the service is lightning fast.
Similar to Yoshinoya and Sukiya, Matsuya is another budget restaurant chain in Tokyo, Japan.
Matsuya mainly offers pork and beef rice dishes, and the price starts from 390 Yen.
This restaurant is also convenient as you can purchase a coupon from a vending machine before ordering. There are food pictures on the ticket vending machine, so don’t worry, even if you don’t understand the language.
10. Sweet Paradise – All you can eat desert
Sweet Paradise is a famous all-you-can-eat dessert buffet in Tokyo, Japan.
This famous chain restaurant offers over 30 types of desserts and 25 different drinks, and you have about 1 hour to eat.
In addition to dessert, you can select different dishes such as pasta dishes, curry rice, and salads.
To enjoy the delicious menu available at Sweets Paradise, you need to buy a ticket from the vending machine at the shop entrance.